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3.4% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 02m 04s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £7,500 over 60 months at a Representative rate of 3.4% APR and an annual interest rate of 3.40% (fixed), you would pay 60 monthly instalments of £135.92. The total charge for credit will be £655.20 and the total amount payable will be £8,155.20.
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Average customer rating
0 out of 5
Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £25,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 84 months

Top choice for

  • Instant decision online
  • No arrangement or set up fee
  • Fixed monthly repayments
  • No fee for repaying your loan early

Watch out for

  • You must be aged between 21 and 70
  • No County Court Judgements (CCJs) or bankruptcy
  • You must have a UK based bank or building society account that can pay direct debits
  • You must have a regular income above £12,000 per year
  • You must have been a UK resident for at least 3 years

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 17.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £12
49.9% APR Representative
Time to apply
Fast 01m 33s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Great
Representative Example: If you borrow £4,000 over 36 months at a Representative rate of 49.9% APR and an annual interest rate of 49.90% (variable), you would pay 36 monthly instalments of £195.16. The total charge for credit will be £3,025.76 and the total amount payable will be £7,025.76.
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0 out of 5
Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £500 - £7,500
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • No fees of any kind
  • You don't need to have a good credit history
  • You don't need to have direct debit facilities
  • Your guarantor does not need to own their home
  • You don't have to have been a resident of the UK for a specified length of time

Watch out for

  • You will need a guarantor
  • If you have a poor credit history, it's likely your guarantor will need to be a homeowner
  • Your guarantor will need to make your repayments if you can't afford to

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 49.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0
49.7% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 03m 15s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £2,600.00 over 36 months at a Representative rate of 49.7% APR and an annual interest rate of 41.00% (fixed), you would pay 35 monthly instalments of £126.61 and a final payment of £126.54. The total charge for credit will be £1,957.89 and the total amount payable will be £4,557.89.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £8,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • You don’t need perfect credit history
  • Easy payment management with online portal
  • Your guarantor can be your partner
  • Your guarantor does not need to be a homeowner

Watch out for

  • You and your guarantor must be over 21
  • Your guarantor will also need a good credit rating
  • Your guarantor must not be a customer of Bamboo
  • Your guarantor will need a UK bank account
  • Your sole income cannot be from Job Seekers Allowance

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 49.7%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £12
9.9% APR Representative
Time to apply
Slow 05m 00s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £6000 over 48 months at a Representative rate of 9.9% APR and an annual interest rate of 9.48% (fixed), you would pay 48 monthly instalments of £150.67. The total charge for credit will be £1,232.16 and the total amount payable will be £7,232.16.
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0 out of 5
Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £25,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 84 months

Top choice for

  • No charge if you pay off your Clarity loan early
  • Current account holders can apply online
  • Low representative APR

Watch out for

  • You must be an existing Halifax customer
  • You must be a UK resident
  • You must be aged 18 or over
  • You will need to be in paid employment or have a regular income
  • You have not been declined for credit in the last month
  • You must have good credit

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 28.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £25
  • Late payment penalties: £25
4.9% APR Representative
Time to apply
Not known
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £11,000 over 60 months at a Representative rate of 4.9% APR and an annual interest rate of 4.90% (fixed), you would pay 60 monthly instalments of £206.54. The total charge for credit will be £1,392.52 and the total amount payable will be £12,392.52.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £50,000
  • Loan term: 24 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • They offer a price guarantee for like-for-like loans (Ts&Cs apply)
  • As their customer you can have a pre-selected loan limit, without affecting your credit rating
  • Instant money when you apply online
  • Online quote doesn’t leave a footprint on your credit history

Watch out for

  • You’ll need to have a Barclays current or saving account, mortgage or Barclaycard to apply online
  • Barclays current account holder for over seven months
  • UK resident
  • Over 18 years old

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 4.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0
3.9% APR Representative
Time to apply
Slow 05m 00s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £7,500 over 60 months at a representative rate of 3.9% APR and an annual interest rate of 3.9% (fixed), you would pay 60 monthly instalments of £137.55. The total charge for credit will be £753 and the total amount payable will be £8,253.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £25,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • Personalised loan quote doesn’t leave footprint on credit file
  • Online banking customers can apply online
  • Decision in minutes
  • Funds often available the next day

Watch out for

  • You must be aged over 18
  • You must have had a NatWest current account for at least 3 months

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 24.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0
3.3% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 02m 50s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Great
Representative Example: If you borrow £7500 over 12 months at a representative rate of 3.3% APR and an annual interest rate of 3.30% (fixed), you would pay 60 monthly instalments of £135.60. The total charge for credit will be £636 and the total amount payable will be £8,136.00
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £35,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 120 months

Top choice for

  • Two month repayment break at the start of the loan
  • Instant decision when you apply online
  • Clubcard rate for Clubcard holders
  • Fixed monthly repayments make budgeting easy
  • Loan terms available up to 10 years

Watch out for

  • You must be aged between 18 and 74
  • You will need to be in employment or have a regular income
  • You must have lived in the UK for 3 years or more
  • You will need to have a UK personal current account

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 17.6%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £12
3.4% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 03m 47s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Great
Representative Example: If you borrow £10,000 over 60 months at a representative rate of 3.4% APR and an annual interest rate of 3.4% (fixed), you would pay 60 monthly instalments of £181.24. The total charge for credit will be £874.40 and the total amount payable will be £10,874.40.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £25,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • Low representative APR
  • Beat any like-for-like rate by 0.5% APR for main current account customers
  • Online quote doesn’t leave a credit footprint
  • Online management portal for making payments and checking balance

Watch out for

  • Must be aged between 18 and 79
  • Must have a net monthly income of at least £700
  • Must have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Can’t have missed 3 credit commitments in the last year
  • Must not be currently bankrupt, have CCJs or be under an IVA
  • Self-employed customers must prove 1 year’s income
  • Joint applicants must live at the same address

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 10.7%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0
11.9% APR Representative
Time to apply
Slow 10m 00s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £6,000 over 60 months at a Representative rate of 11.9% APR and an annual interest rate of 11.30% (fixed), you would pay 60 monthly instalments of £134.34. The total charge for credit will be £1880.40 and the total amount payable will be £7880.40.
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0 out of 5
Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £25,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • Free personalised quote leaves no credit footprint
  • 0.5% discount applied for Club Lloyds customers
  • Repayment holidays available
  • Flexible repayment options

Watch out for

  • Must have had a Lloyds Bank current account for at least 3 months
  • You must be over 18
  • You must be a UK resident
  • You will need to have good credit

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 26.7%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0
3.3% APR Representative
Time to apply
Slow 05m 00s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £10,000 over 48 months at a Representative rate of 3.3% APR and an annual interest rate of 3.3% (fixed), you would pay 48 monthly instalments of £222.45. The total charge for credit will be £677.60 and the total amount payable will be £10,677.60.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £15,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • You can apply online in less than 10 minutes
  • Market leading interest rate
  • No fees for early repayments
  • No impact on credit file for online quote

Watch out for

  • You will need to be a UK resident
  • Aged 18 years or over
  • You must earn at least £10,000 per year
  • You will need to have good credit history
  • No CCJs, debt relief orders or IVAs
  • You must have a UK bank account with Direct Debit facilities

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 11.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £37
38.9% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 01m 45s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £4,500 over 36 months at a Representative rate of 38.9% APR and an annual interest rate of 33.30% (fixed), you would pay 36 monthly instalments of £199.26. The total charge for credit will be £2,673.36 and the total amount payable will be £7,173.36.
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0 out of 5
Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £10,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • They accept tenants as guarantors
  • Your guarantor can be anyone, including your spouse
  • Online quote doesn’t leave a credit footprint
  • Online management tool
  • Funds available fairly quickly after approval

Watch out for

  • No bankruptcy, debt management plan or IVA
  • Your guarantor must have good credit history
  • Your guarantor must be aged between 21 and 70
  • Your guarantor must be either employed, self-employed or retired
  • For loans over £6,000 your guarantor must be a homeowner

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 59.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £40
  • Late payment penalties: £0
3.2% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 04m 10s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £7,500 over 60 months at a representative rate of 3.2% APR and an annual interest rate of 3.2% (fixed), you would pay 60 monthly instalments of £137.29. The total charge for credit will be £678.64 and the total amount payable will be £8,117.40.
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0 out of 5
Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £2,500 - £15,000
  • Loan term: 24 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • No hidden or arrangement fees
  • Approved customers get funds within 48 hours
  • No charge for over-payments or early repayments
  • Good customer service reviews

Watch out for

  • You will need to be aged over 25
  • You must have good credit history
  • You will need to be in permanent paid employment, self-employed or retired and receiving a pension
  • You must be a permanent UK resident
  • You must have a bank or building society account

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 11.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £22
3.8% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 03m 10s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £7,500 over 60 months at a Representative rate of 3.8% APR and an annual interest rate of 3.80% (fixed), you would pay 60 monthly instalments of £137.22. The total charge for credit will be £733.20 and the total amount payable will be £8,233.20.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £2,500 - £25,000
  • Loan term: 24 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • Online application with instant decision
  • Well-known household name
  • Funds could be available the next day
  • Competitive representative APR
  • No hidden fees or charges

Watch out for

  • You must be aged 18 or over
  • You will need to have a bank or building society account
  • Must be a permanent UK resident for at least 12 months
  • You must be employed, self-employed or retired with a pension
  • You must have good credit history

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 7.7%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £22
52.6% APR Representative
Time to apply
Fast 01m 23s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Okay
Representative Example: If you borrow £6,000 over 120 months at a Representative rate of 52.6% APR and an annual interest rate of 40.34% (variable), you would pay 120 monthly instalments of £181.94. The total charge for credit will be £16,832.80 and the total amount payable will be £22,832.80.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £15,000
  • Loan term: 24 - 180 months

Top choice for

  • Loans available up to 15 years
  • Quick online enquiry that doesn’t leave credit footprint
  • Funds paid directly into your account

Watch out for

  • You must be a homeowner and live in that home
  • You will need to be employed and earn £800 per month
  • You will need to be aged between 21 and 70
  • You will need to be able to afford the monthly repayments

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 52.62%
  • Arrangement fee: £295
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0

Buying a car is an exciting prospect but often requires a substantial financial outlay that a lot of us don’t have. When it comes to car finance knowing which route to take can be pretty confusing. A quick search on Google brings up all sorts of results from brokers to some very niche lenders who aren’t placed to offer loans to the majority of UK consumers. This page aims to make working out how to finance your car a much more pleasant experience, allowing you to assess your options and Choose Wisely.

Types of car finance

When looking to purchase a car there are a number of different finance options available - which I've outlined below. The comparison table featured on this page focuses purely on car loans. A car loan is an independently sourced personal loan which, not surprisingly, is used to finance a car. 

Hire-Purchase/Conditional Sale

Find a reputable dealer and they’ll agree finance on your behalf with repayment periods from 1-5 years. The catch - you only own the car once you’ve made your final payment. Positives? Competitive interest rates and added protection are available.

Personal contract purchase

Similar to Hire-Purchase, but you defer part of the loan until the end of the term, normally for between 1 and 3 years. Once the loan term is finished you’ve got a choice to pay off the deferred amount and keep the car, hand the car back to the dealer and walk away or trade the car in for another and start the process again. Positives? Competitive interest rates, lower monthly repayments and you’ve got a choice at the end. The catch - the value of your car will depreciate so the choices you have at the end of the term may not be that attractive. 

Personal Leasing/Personal Contract Hire

Find a car at a dealer and agree on a fixed amount to rent the car over a certain period. Dealer sources the finance and you make repayments directly to the finance company. At the end of the agreement, you give the car back to the dealer or the finance company with no option to purchase. Positives? Fixed cost motoring, you also won’t lose out due to vehicle depreciation. The catch - you’ll never own the car.

Pricing and things to watch out for

The lenders featured in the comparison table above are all unique and offer rates ranging from 3.4% up to 45.7%. You can borrow between £1,000 - £25,000 and you can expect to repay over a period of 1-5 years.  Some of these lenders will require you to choose the car from one of their approved dealerships and with strict limitations on the age of the car.

Acceptance criteria

Criteria will vary between lenders. As a minimum, you’ll have to be at least 18 years old and have a UK bank account with direct debit facilities.  As with all types of personal loan, you’ll need to be able to convince the lender that you're comfortably able to afford the repayments.

What not to do

The lowest rates in this table are offered by the banks and supermarkets, these are reserved solely for those with a perfect credit history. If your credit score is less than perfect then applying with these lenders is likely to result in you being declined, further harming your credit file and making it increasingly difficult to get accepted for the best rates in the future. If you don’t know your credit score you can easily find out for free by visiting sites such as  Clearscore or Noddle. If you do have bad credit there are suitable lenders in this table for you to compare but it's worth checking out our comparison table specifically for bad credit loans.

Final word

There are a number of options to consider when buying a car, each suited to a very specific set of circumstances. Before committing to a certain type of car finance it's key to fully understand what’s available, you can then assess and work out your best option. When it comes to car loans the same applies, rates vary across the market so be savvy. Remember the best rates are reserved for those with good credit. If you know your credit score isn’t perfect then visit our bad credit loan comparison tables. As always, if there is any doubt you can safely keep up with the repayments then do not apply.

 

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